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EPA ALERT: RISK MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR PROPANE AND FLAMMABLE FUELS


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From: PNEAC Webmaster (pneac@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 29 1999 - 10:46:13 CST


On November 18th, 1999, EPA issued the following Alert regarding RMP
requirements for propane and flammable fuels:

In December, EPA expects to issue a regulation for reporting flammable
fuels under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act to codify a recently
enacted law. Additionally, EPA and the National Propane Gas Association
expect to file a joint motion on Dec. 8 to dismiss a lawsuit that stayed
RMP reporting for ALL propane, regardless of how it was used or
distributed. The court is expected to lift the stay within 10 days of
receipt of the motion to dismiss. The judicial stay applied only to
propane facilities (regardless of type).

The recently enacted Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels
Regulatory Relief Act established new provisions for ALL flammable fuels.
Under the law, as of Aug. 5, 1999, flammable substances used as fuel at any
type of facility OR held for sale as fuel at a retail facility no longer
are covered by the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program. However,
flammable fuels used as a feedstock to produce something else or held for
sale as fuel at a non-retail facility, such as a wholesale operation,
terminal, or manufacturing site, still are covered.

This information, as well as a series of related frequently asked questions
have been posted at http://www.epa.gov/ceppo/whatnew.html

Gary Jones
Graphic Arts Technical Foundation
200 Deer Run Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
412/741-6860 x608 - Phone
412/741-2311 - Fax


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